Number of imported cars surpassed 600,000 in January

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Number of imported cars surpassed 600,000 in January

The number of imported vehicles that were registered in Korea surpassed the 600,000 mark for the first time last month as demand grows among consumers for cars manufactured by overseas automakers, data showed yesterday.

A total of 606,825 imported cars were registered as of the end of January, up from 597,766 vehicles registered the previous month, according to the data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

The local market for imported cars has been growing rapidly on the back of a diversified lineup and growing interest in foreign vehicles. In 2011, a total of 105,037 imported cars were sold here, up 16 percent from a year earlier and exceeding the 100,000 mark for the first time, according to separate data from the agency.

By brand, BMW topped the list with 108,273 cars, or a market share of 17.8 percent. Mercedes-Benz came next with 92,406 units, followed by Lexus with 52,361.

BMW’s 528 was the best-selling model, with 20,691 cars registered. Mercedes-Benz’s E300 and Lexus’ ES350 trailed with 15,000 units each.

One Renault and eight Opel vehicles were registered. Yonhap

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